Bachelor and Bachelorette host Chris Harrison has decided to take a break from the show “for a period of time” after a controversial interview he had with Rachel Lindsay as he said that he was ‘uninformed’ about the topics that were discussed. This affected not only Lindsay herself but people all over and Bachelor Nation as a whole in a negative way. Since then, Harrison made a lengthy Instagram post explaining why he was taking a break, and stated that he sincerely apologizes to the Bachelor Nation about the words he chose to use during the interview.
“To my Bachelor Nation Family…”
“I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology. I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed,” Harrison wrote, “I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable.”
Bachelor contestant on the current season with Matt James, Rachael Kirkconnell, had some history come up through TikTok of some photos she likes and a picture of her at an Old South event in her college days. Chris Harrison, in an interview with Rachel Lindsay, was the one to comment on historical racism, and in a more recent Instagram post, he wrote, “By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”
Lindsay also decided for herself that she was going to cut off all ties with the Bachelor Franchise as soon as her contract was up, as she said on her current podcast, “I can’t take it anymore. I’m contractually bound in some ways, but when it’s up, I am, too. I can’t. I can’t do it anymore.”
Where Harrison goes from here
Within his more recent Instagram post after his lengthy apology, he has decided to take a break from the show. He wrote, “This historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special. I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
With that being said, he has currently called in quits on the show for an unknown period of time as he takes the time to truly learn and educate himself. He ended the recent post as he wrote, “From here I can only try to evolve and be a better man, and I humble myself before all of you. I hope I will again live up to the expectations you all rightfully have for me and the expectations I have for myself / I promise to do better.”
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